HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 2019 Pacific Rim Cup is back at Aloha Stadium this weekend, featuring two MLS teams in Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps with Japanese powerhouses Iwaki FC and Varen-Nagasaki for the tournament.
After a successful inaugural tournament in 2018 that saw nearly 12,000 soccer fans in attendance, the Pacific Rim Cup is looking to promote the game of soccer in the islands, bringing some of the best the MLS has to offer in USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman, who played for America in the 2014 World Cup.
"It's great. It's a great experience both for our club and also to bring soccer here to the community here,” Beckerman said. “I know Hawaii is a soccer rich area and state that loves it's soccer. To be here is just amazing. And we're really excited to play in the tournament and be here to train and everything."
The Pacific Rim Cup kicks off tomorrow evening with a double-header starting with Real Salt Lake vs. Iwaki FC followed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC against Varen-Nagasaki.
The 3rd place game and tournament final will both be played on Sunday. But until then, the teams and players are holding a clinic for 200 local soccer players tonight at Aloha Stadium, which reportedly sold in 20 minutes.
“A lot of us were those little kids one day. And to now be able to give back and inspire those kids to get in our positions is something really cool,” Beckerman said. “
Tickets for the weekend’s slate of games are still available at pacificrimcup.com.